Shady pasts haunts S'pore pageant contestants today

15 July 2013 / 3 years 3 months ago

Back when Miss Singapore Universe was still broadcast on Ch 5, the biggest worry for the pageant organiser and the girls were silly question-and-answer responses that would become talking points.

But in our post-Ris Low world, pageant contestants are being exposed for having shady pasts, reports The New Paper.

These people join pageants anyway thinking their pasts won't return to haunt them.Has no one - pageant contestants or organisers - learnt anything from Ris Low's credit card fraud scandal?

Low voluntarily gave up her crown, but dragged the Miss Singapore World brand down with her.

Ironically, in Mr Edmund Ooi's attempt to refresh the brand (his company Asia Music People now runs the pageant, renamed Miss World Singapore) , he still has to deal with dodgy contestants. But that may be his own fault.

It was a reader tip-off that led us to find out more about Miss World Singapore (MWS) Teri K Chua and her previous run-ins with Miss Singapore Universe 2009 winner Rachel Kum.

Mr Ooi has since admitted that he knew about Chua's past after she declared it to him. He wanted to give her a second chance.

He said contestants like her are "brave" to join pageants, knowing their past will come under scrutiny.

I beg to differ.

Having contestants like Chua in the finals certainly doesn't help a, contest already tainted by the Ris Low scandal.

It was certainly not helped by the fuss earlier this week when another MWS contestant, Vanessa Tan, was accused of soliciting for sex online, which she has since gone on record to deny.What's your take on the recent scandals hitting Miss World Singapore pageants?

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